ArmInfo. The Russian customs together with colleagues from Armenia and Azerbaijan found an effective way to prevent the re-export of Turkish tomatoes to Russia through the territories of these countries, RIA Novosti reported in an interview with Deputy Head of the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of Russia Ruslan Davydov. According to him, since last year the problem of determining the country of origin of the goods remained relevant, but it was resolved. As explained by the representative of the customs, interdepartmental working groups were established, both with Armenian colleagues and with Azerbaijani colleagues. "Their task is to build transparent chains of goods movement," he said. Representatives of Rospotrebnadzor, Rosselkhoznadzor and customs, who are members of these working groups, travel to the enterprises of Azerbaijan and Armenia, which are exporting tomatoes to Russia. "We look at the production capacities, agricultural areas, determine the productivity, and as a result we get a picture of the volumes that can be delivered." According to accompanying documents, then it is possible to see which farm is carrying a particular cargo. And we know that this is actually produced there goods," Davydov said. Thus, the country in fact can not deliver more goods to Russia than it produces.
Russia imposed an embargo on the supply of a number of products from Turkey on January 1, 2016 in response to the attack of the Turkish Air Force on the Russian Su-24 in Syria. Then the restrictions were partially lifted, but the ban on the import of Turkish tomatoes is still in effect. The Russian authorities have repeatedly noted that tomatoes from Turkey continue to illegally enter Russia through re-export from neighboring countries. In particular, the Rosselkhoznadzor expressed concern about the significant increase in deliveries to the Russian Federation of tomatoes from Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the authorities of these countries have denied such accusations.